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Happy Birthday!

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It’s my birthday! Almost.

Which means, The Love Letter Projects is one year old. It feels great, having committed to this project for a whole year. Showing up every Monday and Friday no matter what. Playing with mindfulness, love and allowing as it happens (or not) in my day-to-day life.

I love writing and I love sharing practice. Both get me vibrating with excitement. Both can be a little scary.

This summer, something has started shifting in my thinking and writing. I’ve been listening to and inspired by the work of Abraham/Hicks. Is this it? I don’t know.

Maybe it’s just that I’ve grown another year wiser.

I’m moving into a new home, closer to the beach (hooray! I’ve been dreaming of a new house). Moving in with my sweetie (scary) and my 16-year-old son (with whom I’ve hit a bit of a rough patch over the past couple of days). It’s wonderful, it sucks, it’s fine and it’s too close to write about right now. My oldest is heading off to college. It’s wonderful, it sucks, it’s fine and it’s too close to write about right now.

I’m kind of a hot mess. And it’s fine. There’s nothing to fix, nothing to change, and I don’t feel like writing about it right now.

The thing that is shifting is my desire to explore and write about all the things that suck and are fine. And I don’t know what’s up with that.

When I started The Love Letter Projects, I had so much ambition about what I would create. Today my passion has waned, and that just won’t do.

No, writing without passion just won’t do. For me.

So I’m taking a hiatus from my regular Friday posts. Creating some space (go to the beach?) and see what wants to emerge next.

I will continue to write Monday Love each week, but my Friday post will become a little loosey goosey. For now.

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Stay tuned. These are exciting times! Comfortable with Uncertainty. That’s the first Pema Chodron book I ever read. I think I’m getting the hang of it, breath by breath.

Here are three quotes from that book (cause I couldn’t choose just one).

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.”

Pema Chödrön, Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion

 

“Our habitual patterns are, of course, well established, seductive, and comforting. Just wishing for them to be ventilated isn’t enough. Mindfulness and awareness are key. Do we see the stories that we’re telling ourselves and question their validity? When we are distracted by a strong emotion, do we remember that it is part of our path? Can we feel the emotion and breathe it into our hearts for ourselves and everyone else? If we can remember to experiment like this even occasionally, we are training as a warrior. And when we can’t practice when distracted but know that we can’t, we are still training well. Never underestimate the power of compassionately recognizing what’s going on.”

Pema Chödrön, Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion

 

“‘Be grateful to everyone’ is about making peace with the aspects of ourselves that we have rejected…If we were to make a list of people we don’t like — people we find obnoxious, threatening, or worthy of contempt — we would discover much about those aspects of ourselves that we can’t face…other people trigger the karma that we haven’t worked out.”

Pema Chödrön, Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion

Cheers! I’m off to follow fun. Would love to hear from you. What’s shakin?

Xo

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